International Trade

  • August 19, 2014

    Samsung To Pay $2.3M To End FCA Suit Over Trade Breach

    Samsung Electronics America Inc. has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a whistleblower suit in Maryland federal court accusing the tech giant of violating the False Claims Act by providing resellers with inaccurate information regarding its products’ country of origin, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • August 19, 2014

    Lawsky Bares Teeth With Latest Standard Chartered Penalty

    With Tuesday's latest penalty for Standard Chartered PLC over anti-money laundering violations, New York Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky is proving himself to be as feared an enforcer as his federal counterparts — if not even more so.

  • August 19, 2014

    EFF Calls On Wyden To Pull Back Trade Deal Curtain

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Tuesday implored Sen. Ron Wyden, head of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, to craft more transparent rules overseeing the negotiation and passage of free trade agreements, warning against overly restrictive protections for copyrights.

  • August 19, 2014

    Google Urges ITC Not To Bar Smartphone Sales In Patent Row

    Google asked the U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday not to bar the sale of smartphones containing its software that Black Hills Media LLC alleges violate patents allowing smartphones to share media across platforms, saying a ban would cripple the U.S. smartphone market.

  • August 19, 2014

    UAE Shipping Co. Dinged For Moving Computer Parts To Iran

    A United Arab Emirates-based freight and cargo services company has reached a deal to settle allegations lodged by the U.S. Department of Commerce that it aided in the shipment of about 2,300 computer motherboards to Iran in violation U.S. export regulations, the agency disclosed Tuesday.

  • August 19, 2014

    Standard Chartered To Pay $300M For Fraud Control Failures

    New York’s financial regulator on Tuesday ordered Standard Chartered PLC to pay an additional $300 million and put a stop to some dollar-clearing businesses based out of Asia and the Middle East after a monitor found the British bank had not met standards set in an earlier sanctions violation settlement.

  • August 19, 2014

    CIT OKs Currency Conversion Fix In Bearings Duty Case

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Tuesday ruled that the U.S. Department of Commerce had complied with its order to re-examine and fix a foreign-currency conversion error in an anti-dumping duty order on tapered roller bearings from China.

  • August 19, 2014

    APEC Panel Moves On Trade Facilitation Despite WTO Impasse

    Members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation on Monday vowed to do everything in their power to improve the flow of goods across their borders even as a deal to upgrade global trade facilitation languishes before the World Trade Organization.

  • August 18, 2014

    New York Targets Consultant Conflicts With PwC Penalty

    New York financial regulators on Monday took direct aim at compliance consultants that fail to sufficiently protect against conflicts of interest when they barred PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from taking on business from state-registered financial institutions for two years because of its alleged willingness to water down reports at a client's request.

  • August 18, 2014

    China Aims To Settle Solar Panel Dumping Fight At Commerce

    The Chinese government has notified the U.S. Department of Commerce that it wishes to begin talks for a suspension agreement that would resolve a closely watched trade remedy fight surrounding imports of solar panels that have allegedly been dumped on the U.S. market, according to documents disclosed Monday by the agency.

  • August 18, 2014

    ITC Can Hear Induced Infringement Cases, IP Law Group Says

    An intellectual property law group told the full Federal Circuit on Monday that the U.S. International Trade Commission has the authority to hear inducement patent infringement cases where a product is found to infringe after importation.

  • August 18, 2014

    US, India Separately Appeal WTO Ruling On Steel Duties

    The U.S. and India have each appealed a mixed decision from a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel that faulted certain aspects of U.S. countervailing duties on Indian hot-rolled carbon steel products, the WTO said Monday.

  • August 18, 2014

    EU Offers Food Producers $167M To Offset Russia Import Ban

    The European Union on Monday said it would offer about €125 million ($167 million) in financial support for producers of agricultural products harmed by Russia’s recent block on food imports from member countries levying punitive economic sanctions over Moscow's military engagement in Ukraine.

  • August 18, 2014

    Commerce Drops Oil Pipe Trade Case Against Saudi Arabia

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has trimmed its anti-dumping investigation of steel tubing imports commonly used in oil wells from nine countries, revealing Monday it has dropped Saudi Arabia from the probe after correcting a clerical error that produced a faulty dumping margin regarding shipments from that country.

  • August 18, 2014

    NY Regulators Hit PwC With $25M Fine, 2-Year Consulting Ban

    New York regulators on Monday hit PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP with a $25 million fine and a two-year ban from providing consulting services to financial institutions under state supervision for allegedly helping a Japanese bank conceal transactions it processed for countries under U.S. sanctions.

  • August 15, 2014

    Chamber Urges Texas Justices To End Shell Defamation Suit

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce this week filed an amicus brief urging the Texas Supreme Court to block a defamation suit filed against Shell Oil Co. that targeted Shell’s reporting of a former employee’s possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violation to federal authorities.

  • August 15, 2014

    Push For High Court Review Of Dumping Payouts Gains Steam

    For the second time in four months, a U.S. furniture company has called on the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether the government’s method for doling out anti-dumping duty payments to domestic producers is unconstitutional, crying foul over the payout of duties collected on Chinese furniture imports.

  • August 15, 2014

    US Tries To Dodge General Mills Sprouts Tariff Challenge

    The federal government on Thursday urged a U.S. Court of International Trade judge to toss for lack of jurisdiction General Mills Inc.'s challenge to a Customs ruling that the company's buttery Brussels sprouts product isn't eligible for a free rate of duty under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • August 15, 2014

    Russian Food Import Fight Could Go Either Way At WTO

    Russia's blockage of food imports from countries levying punitive economic sanctions is almost certainly a flagrant violation of World Trade Organization commitments, but experts say the high geopolitical stakes and uncertainties in the body's exception for national security measures cloud the future of a formal WTO challenge.

  • August 15, 2014

    2nd Circ. Leaves Foreign FCPA Tipsters High And Dry

    The Second Circuit’s ruling Thursday that the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower protections do not cover tipsters outside of the United States could discourage whistleblowers from bringing claims related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, now that they know they're vulnerable to employer retaliation. 

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Most Common Weaknesses In Anti-Corruption Compliance

    Michael Volkov

    Chief compliance officers who spend more than 20 percent of their time on gifts, meals, entertainment and travel procedures and expenses are prime examples of misguided compliance, says Michael Volkov of The Volkov Law Group LLC.

  • The Missed Trade Facilitation Deadline — What Now?

    Terence Stewart

    India's recent refusal to add the trade facilitation agreement to the World Trade Organization agreements sends the WTO once again to the precipice of irrelevance for trade negotiations. WTO members need to surprise themselves by exhibiting leadership to get the process restarted — or 2014 will go down as a catastrophic failure of the WTO negotiating function, says Terence Stewart of the Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart.

  • Inching Toward A Possible US-China Trade Settlement

    Bernd G. Janzen

    Finding terms that all major stakeholders in the ongoing U.S.-China solar cases can agree on will not be easy and indications that China may propose terms for a suspension agreement in one of the cases must be understood in a broader context — as a small step on a journey that promises to be long and difficult, say Bernd Janzen and Henry Almond of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • An In-House Lawyer's Top 10 Tips For Outside Counsel

    Francis M. Drelling

    To this day, I have yet to see a litigation hold letter that was written by someone who understands the realities of how a business is actually run. In-house counsel cannot issue decrees to business units that read like they are issued by the king to his subjects, says Francis Drelling, in-house counsel at Specialty Restaurants Corp.

  • Law Firms May Be Violating Copyrights

    Roy Kaufman

    On average, a legal professional forwards content to 14 different people per week. Yet many attorneys and staff lack an understanding of copyright and their firm’s specific policies regarding shared third-party materials, says Roy Kaufman of Copyright Clearance Center.

  • Latest US Sanctions On Russia Are Par For The Course

    Mario Mancuso

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security's recent final rule on export restrictions to Russia follows a trend in U.S. policy toward sanctioning strategic sectors such as energy, finance and defense, which are mirrored in recent measures imposed by the EU, say attorneys at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Will Ralls Decision Really Bring CFIUS Transparency?

    Nancy L. Perkins

    Although the D.C. Circuit decision in Ralls Corp. v. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States plainly establishes that consideration of a transaction under Section 721 of the Defense Product Act must meet due process requirements, the decision’s ramifications as a practical matter in future transactions are much less clear, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • A Close Look At NY's New Privilege Log Rule

    Joseph B. Schmit

    In addition to significantly reducing costs incurred in the preparation of privilege logs, the new categorical approach to privilege logs in New York will allow parties to identify and frame legal issues requiring the court’s attention more clearly — thus positively impacting the efficiency of the dispute resolution process as well, say Joseph Schmit and Aaron Schue of Phillips Lytle LLP.

  • Courtroom Challenge: Preparing For A First Trial

    John S. Worden

    Trials are stressful and, while there is a certain kind of nervousness from the fear of being embarrassed among inexperienced lawyers, learning how to examine and cross-examine witnesses as well as how to craft arguments are not mechanical and can only be mastered through experience, say John Worden and Lindsey Berg of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • What The New Cuban Foreign Investment Law Means

    Raul Valdes-Fauli

    Cuba's new foreign investment law redefines the legal framework and offers greater incentives to foreign investors at a crucial moment when the Cuban government needs foreign investment to continue its economic growth and foreign investors need the Cuban government to honor its pro-investment policies and promises, says Raul Valdes-Fauli of Fox Rothschild LLP.